Get ready, because on January 24 I’m releasing the best guide to the defensive snubnose revolver ever written.
Last week’s shooting attack at Fort Lauderdale Airport gives us an opportunity to look at risk management from a personal standpoint.
Airports are a favorite target of terrorists and are obviously attractive to deranged individuals as well. Part of the attraction is no doubt their status as a consistent no weapons zone; no matter where you are ...Continue Reading →
It may be snowing like crazy at my office, but I braved the elements to bring you these great articles! First, Cecil Burch has a great overview of the various martial arts for self defense; a look at a carjacking that shouldn’t have happened; I’m getting tired of saying it, but don’t shoot at shadows; how to find a locksmith when you really need one; how you should respond to that knock in the middle of the night; where to ...Continue Reading →
Just a few days ago a man with a history of mental issues boarded an airline in Alaska, after declaring his gun in checked luggage as required by law. He sat down in his seat and the suitcase containing his pistol and ammunition was placed in the cargo hold beneath him. When he got to his destination in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he retrieved his luggage, went into ...Continue Reading →
Last night’s episode was certainly an intriguing one!
My special guest, Aaron Israel of Fundamental Defense, and I had an interesting talk about the parallels between poker and self defense. Aaron uses those parallels to explain self defense principles in a way that I don’t think you’ve heard before, and his explanations may resonate strongly with a lot of ...Continue Reading →
Welcome to the first Hump Day Reading List of 2017! Today I bring you information about recoil springs and why you should replace them; an experiment that shows just because you look doesn’t mean you’ll really see anything; how to spot someone impersonating a police officer; two stories about silly self defense “tools”; another story of someone shooting a family member in self defense; and how and why you need to pattern your defensive shotgun. Much more to come in ...Continue Reading →
I recently posted about the need for instructors to teach, and for students to learn, how to think during a defensive incident. Everyone agrees that it’s a necessary thing to do.
The problem is that many of the people agreeing don’t really know what it means.
Case in point: someone sent me a link to yet another video of a shooting drill. In it, ...Continue Reading →
A couple of weeks ago someone posted an interesting video on social media. It wasn’t the video itself which was interesting, but rather the reactions to it.
The video was of an exercise from a defensive shooting class. The exercise was a good example of forcing cognitive processing rather than a Pavlovian draw-and-fire response, which is good; a defensive encounter requires far more information processing ...Continue Reading →
It’s almost Christmas, but I’m still working digging up great articles for you! This week: what NOT to do when someone has broken into your house; hard-learned lessons from a violent place; Greg Ellifritz looks at using a fire extinguisher as a weapon; why stalking needs our attention; what happens when you don’t conceal your gun; cliques, tribes, and why they interfere with truth; and Rob Pincus has some thoughts on thinking critically about appendix carry.
Some time back I read a story about a robbery in the drive-through lane of a fast food restaurant. No, it wasn’t a robbery of the restaurant — it was a robbery of the people sitting in line!
When you think about it, the drive through lane is a perfect spot for a robbery: you have people sitting in a confined space, unable to easily ...Continue Reading →
Last night was the final episode of 2016 for my Personal Defense Network show, Training Talk. I thought it might be fun to gather as many of my guest experts as Google would allow for a big roundtable discussion about self defense and personal preparedness in 2016, and where we’d like to see it go in 2017.
If you missed the awesome live show, not to worry — you can watch the replay by clicking on this link!
Many thanks to ...Continue Reading →
This week’s List brings us stories about automobile security — and not what you might think; what you need to know about non-resident carry permits; using your concealed handgun to come to the rescue of someone else; prepping on an extreme budget; the problem with “buffet” training; why canned food is a great preparedness item; and the questions criminals might ask you before they strike.
I’m not talking about your immediate physical safety here, but rather ...Continue Reading →
My apologies if you’re not a fan of the show South Park, but an old episode has a training lesson for us.
On that episode, some little people known as Underpants Gnomes presented their 3-part success plan:
Phase 1: Steal underpants.
Phase 2: ???
Phase 3: Profit!
The joke, of course, isn’t that there’s nothing in Phase 2; it’s that you can’t ...Continue Reading →
A cryptic name for an episode? Maybe, but then again maybe it’s perfect!
My Special Guest Experts were Andy Loeffler and Joshua Gideon. Andy and I talked about a long-running experiment he did with some students and their ability to see when under stress. It was — if you’ll pardon the pun — an eye-opening discussion!
Joshua and I talked ...Continue Reading →
A really interesting List this week! We start with geese as a defensive tool (no, I’m not kidding); considerations to make before deciding to engage an active killer; a woman is dead because of an irresponsible and untrained gun owner; women shopping for defensive handguns; what to do and what not to do at a drive-through; how to secure private information on your smartphone; and how to use that phone to deal with 9-1-1.
I’ll admit ...Continue Reading →
I know everyone is pressed for time this holiday week, so I’ll keep it short — but I won’t skimp on the quality! This week: why tiny .380 pistols are a problem; what to do when violent protestors surround your car; Greg Ellifritz has some lessons from bombings around the world; what you need to know about guns around kids; and Marcus Wynne has some good advice on teaching small children personal security concepts.
I had a couple of great discussions with Rob Pincus and Caleb Causey on last night’s Training Talk show!
Rob talked about reality based training, force-on-force, and scenario training. Lots of people in the business use those terms interchangeably, but as Rob points out they’re not synonymous. It’s completely possible to have reality based training without running scenarios, and ...Continue Reading →
I found some more good stuff this week: a look at mindset; how to properly lock the slide open on a pistol; being aware of the psychopaths in your midst; how to avoid getting stomped in a fight; some thoughts on security in hotels; Greg Ellifritz looks at surviving the mob around your car; and thinking about vacation preparedness.
I’m sharing this article because it has some great information on preparing yourself mentally for the realities ...Continue Reading →
The quote is from comedian Steven Wright.
Wright is right. Think about it the next time someone says that the path to situational awareness is to see everything.
You know what I mean: “Look for out-of-state license plates.” “What color shoes are the people in the restaurant wearing?” “Do you know how many left handers are in the room?”
The trouble is that it’s not the shoes, or the license plates, which are going to hurt you. And, unless someone postulates a very high ...Continue Reading →
Lots of people have standards they steadfastly defend, even when those standards have no integrity. What does that mean?
I was recently told of a defensive shooting “standard” for draw-to-first-shot time, one that a lot of instructors apparently use in their classes: 1.5 seconds if the gun is carried openly, or 2 seconds from concealment.
That seems quite odd to me. Not the times themselves, mind you — the fact there are two of them.
If you have a draw-to-first-shot standard for a ...Continue Reading →
Last night’s Training Talk episode was a great one!
My special guest was Klint Macro with The Trigger Presser’s Union, and we had an in-depth discussion about defensive preparations for gun owners. He recently wrote an article for PDN about the topic, but in our discussion we went further into the topic — and then he gave me a teaching idea I’d never heard (and never would have thought of on my own.)
No, I’m not going to tell ...Continue Reading →
Another Wednesday brings more great defense and preparedness information! This week: how to make a response plan for a terrorist attack; an armed intervention gone horribly wrong; some novel methods to deter people from your home; some online privacy and security tips; considering the dynamics of criminal attacks; preparing for a power outage; a great pistol-caliber carbine to consider; Greg Ellifritz looks at the need to recognize gunshots. Enjoy!
How ...Continue Reading →
Just a month from now I’ll be teaching my Threat-Centered Revolver class in sunny Phoenix, and if you want to attend you need to book now!
December 3 & 4 I’ll be at Phoenix Firearms Training, basking in the warm sun and teaching responsible revolver owners how to defend themselves with the classic double action revolver. Whether you’ve got a snubnose you use as a backup gun or a full-size revolver you keep for home defense, this is the ...Continue Reading →
If your goal is to make you and your family safer, to learn how to survive dangerous events, you need a generalist’s perspective.
That’s because there are a wide range of things you need to know to make safety happen consistently, which means that you need to study and prepare in many different areas — most of which have little overlap. Most importantly, you need to know how everything works together to protect you.
In order to learn about each of those ...Continue Reading →
Once again, a great crop of stories for you! In this issue: another look at defending yourself from someone you know; an alarm system that will cuddle and lick your face; expanding on the idea of training your kids how to respond; some Halloween safety tips; should you shoot a burglar?; the right way to clear bad guys from your home; Greg Ellifritz looks at how you might respond to a shooting in an isolated area; and Rob Pincus has ...Continue Reading →
If you missed last night’s episode of Training Talk, you missed some great information!
My first guest was Tyler Grant of Dynamic Training Strategies, and we discussed continuing goals in defensive fitness: how to plan for success no matter where you’re starting your journey.
Then, Julie Loeffler from Mid-Ohio IMB came on and talked about how people new to the idea of self defense can take those initial and sometimes confusing steps into the training world.
In addition, I talked about clown sightings, ...Continue Reading →
Welcome to Wednesday! Here’s some more great personal safety and self defense information: someone survived a hurricane because of common-sense preparation; a Halloween horror story with a happy ending; winter holidays have many opportunities for crime; poker and its relation to self defense; a look at the shotgun as a home defense tool; a warning shot goes horribly wrong; Greg Ellifritz looks at the .22 revolver in a different light; taking your trauma kit with you while shooting. Enjoy and ...Continue Reading →
In the dim past (which wasn’t really all that long ago), if you needed to change something on your carry gun you took it to a gunsmith. You’d wait for him to do the work, pay him lots of money, and go home happy — more or less.
That was the state of things largely because making the available guns suitable for concealed carry and self defense required modifications. In fact, not all that many years ago it was difficult just to find ...Continue Reading →
One of my recurring nightmares (probably influenced by television) is being in a critical, terrifyingly dangerous situation with my wife. In every episode of this nightmare she can’t see the danger coming and I’m forced to yell instructions to her — instructions on either what do do (“run!”) or what not to do (“stay still!”) Instead of trusting my judgement, she uncharacteristically turns around and starts arguing! She’s then promptly swallowed by the expanding chasm, or eaten by the devilish apparition, or ...Continue Reading →
Is it Wednesday already? Well, no fear — I have information for you! Today: a look at the problems with secure areas, especially when they’re really secure; an article explaining striker-fired pistols; a civil suit can be worse than the criminal trial; Greg Ellifritz shares how NOT to take care of your carry gun; Sheriff Jim Wilson looks at “scanning”; what training overload is and how to avoid it; some information about kidnappings; if you’re at work when a disaster ...Continue Reading →